Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern held talks with the new Northern Secretary Owen Paterson in Co Louth last night.

Their discussions centred on dissident republicans and the latest report on paramilitary activities published by the Independent Monitoring Commission on Wednesday.

The meeting took place at the Ballymascanlon Hotel, which is just outside Dundalk.

It is close to where gardaí raided what they believe to be a dissident republican bomb-making facility at the weekend.